Mathew Eimers is a member of Troop 106 sponsored by the Youth Services Association in Costa Mesa, CA. He is a senior at Newport Harbor High School, where he plays on the football team and currently has a 4.4 GPA. After graduation, he plans to attend California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo to study engineering.
As a Scout, and resident of Costa Mesa, Matthew has participated in several activities in the Upper Newport Bay Nature and Ecological Preserve. Known as the “Back Bay” to Orange County locals, it is one of the premier recreational and environmental assets in our community.
On one of his excursions Matthew realized that there were no sources for water anywhere along the Back Bay Trail. The 10.5-mile trail offers multiple opportunities for hikers, bikers, guests to observe wildlife and the scenic beauty of the area. It was surprising to him that a trail system in a major metropolitan area was lacking a vital resource. He decided that the focus of his Eagle Project would be to address this need. Little did he know that it would take more than 30 months, and over 1,400 hours to successfully complete the project. Along the way he learned about local politics, city and county budgets, permitting processes, and how long it can take to get something as simple as a water fountain approved. Working with a city engineer he designed a water station that would meet the needs of those who use the trail, including dogs, and other animals that visit the trail with their human companions. You can learn more about project by visiting the website he created: matteimerseagleproject.weebly.com
Matthew raised more than $7,500 for the project and when it was completed, he still had funds left over. Per the guideline in the Eagle Scout Project Workbook he set out to find a suitable charitable organization to donate the remaining funds too. He chose to donate the funds to the Orange County Council to update the Eagle Scout Plaza at the William Lyons Home for Scouting. As visitors enter the Council Service Center, they walk past a display containing the names of all the Eagles that have been earned in the Orange County Council since it was established in 1920. His gift will ensure that the Eagle Scout Class of 2018, which he is a member, and many more years following will be included on the display.
Pictured with Matthew and the check in the Eagle Scout Plaza is his father Matt, who earned his Eagle with Troop 37 in Newport Beach in 1988.